AmCham HR, Education and CSR Committee Meeting with Deputy Ministers of Labour and Social Policy
On December 7th a meeting between the AmCham HR, Education and CSR committee and the Deputy Ministers of Labor and Social Policy Mrs. Zornitsa Rusinova and Mr. Lazar Lazarov took place.
During the meeting Mrs. Rusinova and Mr. Lazarov presented the government’s priorities regarding labor and social policies, as well as the priorities for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018.
AmCham’s White Paper recommendations in the area of labor policy were discussed, as well the Ministry’s specific actions based on these recommendations and the possibility for future collaboration in other important for the Chamber areas.
Mr. Lazarov stated that a number of the White Paper’s recommendations were taken into consideration and specific legislative initiatives have been undertaken by the Ministry, while others are still under discussion. According to the Deputy Minister legislative changes are possible, but for them to happen a balance and more structured stakeholder dialogue needs to be sought.
The Ministry suggested to hold regular meetings between representatives of the institution and Chamber’s representatives. Mr. Lazarov called for AmCham’s active participation in public discussions and confirmed that the Ministry is ready to present information to the Chamber on upcoming legislative initiatives to achieve consensus.
Four main priorities for the Presidency in the labor and social field were presented during the meeting. These priorities have also been incorporated into the final Presidency program, approved by the Council of Ministers on December 6. Achieving a balance between our national and European interests will be crucial during the Presidency. Among the priorities are policies for early child development and the integration of people with disabilities as equal members of society. Additionally, the Government will put effort into making the topic of the Presidency more understandable for the regular citizen through discussions and partnerships with various organizations.
Among the main priorities in the field of labor policy, which is particularly important for Bulgaria, is the topic of the future of work. Digitization, restructurings, the disappearance of many sectors, the high volume of shared economy and the overall negative global demographic trends make it imperative for our educational mechanisms to transform in order to adequately prepare the future workforce.
You can find the full coverage of the event in Bulgarian here.
The presentations of the meeting can be found here: